Sunday, September 25, 2005

Beat the Press: Aaron Broussard Will Kick Your Ass 

I finally woke up early enough on a Sunday to catch Timmeh on the Teevee.

He invited Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, back to the show after his heart rending appearance three weeks ago when he described the slow death of one of his employees' mothers in a nursing home.

Timmeh confronted him with his manly confrontational style:

because MSNBC and other blog organizations have looked into the facts behind your comments and these are the conclusions,

Their learned conclusion is that Broussard's timeline wasn't accurate. He was off by a day or so on when the employees' mother died. So he's a liar trying to score political points by breaking down in tears on national tv.

But who are these shadowy "blog organizations" that Timmeh speaks of? A quick google search takes us to WuzzaDem.com (Wha?) by way of World Nut Daily.

Ah, the mighty investigative powers of the National Broadcasting Company News Department. I can imagine the editorial meeting in the wood paneled corporate offices..

"What are we going to do for MTP this Sunday? Any ideas?"

"Uh, let's see what World Net Daily has."


Here are some headlines from World Nut Daily today:

Sex abuse, brainwashing exposed on campus!
--WND Exclusive--

WorldNetDaily Exclusive
Scouts targeted in San Diego
Homosexual, atheist activists to march on camp

It should be obvious from taking one look at WND that it is the equivalent of the National Enquirer for credulous religious right-wingers. Good enough for the professionals at NBC, apparently.

What's worse, when the MSM quotes utter horseshit from Right-Wingnut sites (and they always quote Right-Wing sites) then references them with "the blogs are saying" it gives the impression that even responsible Left-Wing blogs like DailyKos (or Corrente for that matter) are equally full of crap.

But what did Aaron Broussard do to incur WuzzaDem and Timmeh's ire? What was his crime? Were they simply offended by his unmanly display of tears? No, it was far worse:


Aaron Broussard's crocodile tears came at the tail-end of a tirade against FEMA, [...]

Was Broussard (a Democrat) trying to score political points (and possibly deflect blame away from local government officials) by blaming federal agencies for failing to respond in a timely manner when people's lives were in danger?

Aha! He dared to place some blame on the Federal Government and by extension on Dear Leader. Unacceptable! He must be shamed in public!

The courageous and confrontational Timmeh uses the "blog organizations" as a proxy to say what he's too cautious to say:

Mr. Russert: Mr. Broussard, the people who are questioning your comments are saying that you accused the federal government and the bureaucracy of murder, specifically calling on the secretary of Homeland Security and using this as an example to denounce the federal government. And what they're saying is, in fact, it was the local government that did not evacuate Eva Rodrigue on Friday or on Saturday. And they're making that, in fact...

Then Broussard responds in the only way you can respond to a Right-Wing Slime Attack: forcefully, passionately, unequivocally. As opposed to, say, I don't know, John F'ing Kerry. The high-powered, professional Beltway Dems could learn a thing or two (or five thouseand) from this county official from the Deep South.

When somebody wants to nit-pick these details, I don't know what sick minds creates this black-hearted agenda, but it's sick. I mean, let us recover. Let us rebuild. If somebody wants me to debate them on national TV, hey, buddy, be my guest. Make my day. Put me at a podium when I got a full night's sleep and you will not like matching me against anybody that you want. That person is going to be in trouble.

Crossposted to the New and Mightier Corrente Building.

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